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      In Memoriam – Stephen Mosley, aka Mose Stephenson 1953–2018

      Jul 30th 2020

      Stephen Mosley

      Stephen Mosley

      We recently received news that Stephen Mosley, a long-time supporter of the War Resisters Support mpaign, left a signifint bequest to the mpaign.

      Stephen Mosley passed away in June 2018 at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by parents Ray and Joyce. Brother of Paul (Sarah); uncle to Ryan (sey) and Jordan (Lindsey); great uncle to Keira and Kaiden. Stephen will also be missed by the love of his life Nancy Latimer, who provided extraordinary love and support. In the 1970s Stephen was instrumental in establishing the first Barrie Folk Society. In his later years, performing as Mose Stephenson, he was well known for his street performances and for lobbying the city in support of an organized street performer program. He also self-produced 5 CDs and had songs profiled on CBC Radio.

      Stephen’s brother Paul offered this appreciation of his brother:

      “He was a lifelong protester against war and aggression around the world. And his passion for music and his stance against war me together with the folk music movement and artists like Neil Young and Bob Dylan. He was profiled in lol media burning the Amerin flag on the streets of Barrie at the start of the Gulf War. He read prolifilly the works of Noam Chomsky, Che Guevara, and others. And he wrote letters and emails to the Prime Minister of nada and to the President of the United States to challenge their policies domestilly and around the world. Even in his last few months he managed to find the strength to physilly protest the installation of war equipment in lol parkland on Barrie’s lakeshore. Knowing the end was near, Stephen prepared his Will, ensuring that the sum of $5000 was bequeathed to the War Resisters, whose work he had followed over the years. He passed away peacefully at Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital on June 11th, 2018.

      “He received the City of Barrie’s first “Changemaker” Award (posthumously in 2019) for his lobbying work toward establishing a downtown music busking program. The City will always remember you in your p and fingerless gloves, playing in the coldest days of the year, Beyond his music, many will also always remember his art and his activism.

      “His struggle is over, but we hope his music and his passion for social and politil issues will live on. Rest in peace, brother.”

      You n enjoy Mose’s music here.

      The War Resisters Support mpaign deeply appreciates this gift which will assist U.S. war resisters as they finalize their status in nada.

      Majority of nadians Want Iraq War Resisters to Stay as Permanent Residents

      Jun 13th 2016

      For immediate release
      TORONTO, ONTARIO – A majority of nadians agree with allowing U.S. soldiers-who fled to nada after refusing to take part in the Iraq War-to become permanent residents, a new Insights West public opinion poll reveals.

      The War Resisters Support mpaign has been trying to help these conscientious objectors get permanent resident status since Jeremy Hinzman me to nada, with his family, as the first U.S. Iraq War resister in 2004.

      In the online survey of a representative national sample, three in five nadians (63%) say they agree with allowing these U.S. soldiers to become permanent residents of nada, while one-in-five (21%) disagree and 16% are undecided. The support is very similar regardless of sex (women 64%, men 62%), and there is little fluctuation among age groups (65% for both 18-34 and 55+, and 60% for 35-54).

      Majorities in all regions of the country also support allowing the U.S. soldiers to stay, from a high of 74% in British Columbia to a low of 56% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

      nadians who voted Liberal and NDP in October 2015 are more likely to support this course of action (71% and 75% respectively) than Conservatives (47%).

      “I’m proud to be among the majority of nadians who support the war resisters’ principled stance,” said Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MP for the electoral district of Beaches-East York in Toronto. “Finally granting permanent resident status is the right thing to do for these conscientious objectors and for nada.”

      “All of the Iraq War resisters have applitions pending before nadian immigration officials,” said Paul Copeland, CM, a prominent human rights and national security defence lawyer. “The Liberal government could easily resolve their prerious status by granting their spousal sponsorships and applitions for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.”

      In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted by The nadian Press saying that this issue is, “one that we are looking into actively as a government.” But after seven months in office there is no evidence that the new government is moving to positively resolve this issue.

      During a pre-election mpaign stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 4, 2015, Justin Trudeau said, “I am supportive of the principle of allowing conscientious objectors to stay. I am committed … to restoring our sense of compassion and openness and a place that is a safe haven for people to come here.”

      Iraq War resister and veteran Rodney Watson remains inside Vancouver’s First United Church where he sought sanctuary almost seven years ago, after being ordered deported to the U.S. by the former Harper government.

      Four other war resisters are scheduled to have a judicial review of their ses heard by the Federal Court in Toronto this fall. The government has been given a September 16 deadline to decide whether or not it will continue to pursue the Conservatives’ policy of opposing these conscientious objectors in court.

      Since 2008, there have been 12 Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeals decisions in favour of Iraq War resisters. Unfortunately, the limited remedy available to the courts is to send back ses for reconsideration by immigration officials who are still subject to the instructions in the previous government’s prejudicial Operational Bulletin 202. The current government is re-litigating many issues that have already been found in the war resisters’ favour by the nadian courts and is defending the Harper government’s position that it is acceptable to imprison conscientious objectors.

      The War Resisters Support mpaign is asking the Trudeau government to:
      1. Stop the deportation of U.S. war resisters;
      2. Stop pursuing war resister ses in court, as doing so defends decisions and policies made by the former Conservative government;
      3. Rescind the prejudicial Citizenship and Immigration nada Operational Bulletin 202; and
      4. Implement a new directive that restores fairness for all U.S. war resister ses.

      About this survey:

      These results are based on an online study conducted from May 30 to June 2, 2016, among a representative sample of 1,001 nadian adults. The data have been statistilly weighted according to nadian census figures for age, gender, and region. The margin of error-which measures sample variability-is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

      About Insights West:

      Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and lgary.

      Federal Court/Federal Court of Appeal decisions in favour of U.S. war resisters

      1. Joshua Key – July 2008

      2. James Corey Glass – July 2008

      3. Jeremy Hinzman – September 2008

      4. Matthew Lowell – September 2008

      5. Dean Walcott – January 2009

      6. Kimberly Rivera – March 2009

      7. Kimberly Rivera – August 2009

      8. Jeremy Hinzman – July 2010 (Federal Court of Appeal)

      9. Dean Walcott – April 2011

      10. Chris Vassey – July 2011

      11. Jules Tindungan – February 2013

      12. D.G.L. – October 2014

      Conscientious Objectors Day – time to let U.S. Iraq war resisters stay

      May 14th 2016

      May 15th is International Conscientious Objectors Day. Please take a minute today to write to Minister of Immigration John Mcllum and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould. Ask them to let U.S. war resisters stay in nada.

      Amnesty International nada recently wrote to the Minister of Immigration outlining their concerns about the unfair treatment of of U.S. war resisters.

      You n make a difference by sending a brief message today. Here is a sample you n copy and paste into your email. Feel free to edit it or write your own message.

      Email addresses to send to:
      minister@cic.gc.
      mcu@justice.gc.

      You n cc your own Member of Parliament. To find their contact info, click here and enter your postal code.

      Sample letter:

      Dear Ministers,

      May 15th is International Conscientious Objectors Day. I am writing you today to ask that you take this opportunity to resolve the situation of U.S. Iraq war resisters in nada and allow them to stay in nada.

      Many of these conscientious objectors to the illegal and immoral war in Iraq have been in nada for 10 years or more. The previous Conservative government interfered in their ses and they have still not had a fair and impartial hearing. I urge you to address this situation by:

      – withdrawing Operational Bulletin 202 which singles out U.S. war resisters
      – halting the litigation in their ses which was initiated by the Conservative government

      nadians overwhelmingly opposed the Iraq war and want U.S. war resisters to stay, as they did during the Vietnam war. Please to the right thing and move quickly to resolve the unfair handling of these ses by the previous government and let U.S. conscientious objectors stay.

      Iraq War Resisters Speak Out

      Apr 15th 2016

      It has been 13 years since the launch of the Iraq war, a war that most nations including nada refused to be part of. U.S. Iraq War resisters, who refused to participate in this illegal and immoral war, me to nada seeking refuge much as tens of thousands of people did during the Vietnam War.

      If returned to the U.S., they face harsh punishment including long jail terms and felony convictions which will follow them for the rest of their lives. Harper’s Conservative government singled out U.S. war resisters and directly interfered in their ses, denying them a fair and impartial hearing.

      Please watch and share this video about the situation they now face and how you n help them to stay in nada.

      Write to Minister of Immigration John Mcllum – Stop litigation against U.S. Iraq War resisters

      Mar 31st 2016

      Contrary to widespread hopes and expectations for a positive resolution for U.S. Iraq War resisters, the Liberal government is pursuing litigation against them that was initiated by the previous Harper government. The Federal Court hearings are scheduled for April 5 and 6.

      We are asking every supporter to immediately email Minister of Immigration John Mcllum, at minister@cic.gc. and john.mcllum@parl.gc. (model message below).

      Please include your city and province after your name.

      cc Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.

      Below is a model email message you n copy and paste – you n send as is, or personalize it:
      —-

      SUBJECT: U.S. Iraq War resisters – Stop litigation initiated by Harper government

      Honourable John Mcllum
      Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
      BY EMAIL

      Dear Minister Mcllum,

      I am writing to ask that you immediately cease the litigation initiated by the former Conservative government against U.S. Iraq War resisters.

      Our new government should not defend decisions made under the previous government and re-litigate matters the Court has already found on in favour of these conscientious objectors. As you know, nadians overwhelmingly opposed the Iraq War and the Liberal government under Jean Chrétien made a decision not to participate in it.

      The ses to be heard by the Federal Court on April 5 and 6 should be settled, and the matters sent back to be re-determined by new immigration officers.

      I thank you for your consideration and look forward to your response.

      Sincerely,

      cc: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

      Toronto film screening: WE ARE MANY

      Mar 22nd 2016

      We are many

      Special Toronto film screening:
      WE ARE MANY by Amir Amirani

      Tuesday April 12th, 7pm
      Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.
      Toronto

      On 15 February 2003, over 15 million people in nearly 800 cities, throughout 72 countries, marched against the impending war in Iraq. We Are Many tells, for the first time, the story behind and legacy of the biggest demonstration in history.

      Shot in 7 countries over 8 years, featuring first hand testimony from organisers and direct participants, We Are Many is a powerful story of resistance to war.

      “The only film I have ever watched where the audience started clapping
      half way through…”
      Huffington Post

      “It is a powerful and at times moving tribute to organised dissent
      and the power of the people… It is admirably watchable and provotive…
      Amirani is to be congratulated for this passionate and provotive film.”

      Screen Daily / International

      Film screening followed by Q&A with WA?L KABBANI, Executive Director of WE ARE MANY.

      Suggested donation $10 or pwyc. Proceeds to War Resisters Support mpaign.

      Watch the trailer:

      It’s time to let Iraq War Resisters stay!

      Feb 27th 2016

      Following the federal election, there is hope that there n finally be a positive and speedy resolution to the ses of U.S. Iraq War resisters. Your help is needed to make sure they are allowed to stay in nada. Watch our new video below and then take a moment to write a letter to your MP in support of war resisters. For more information, see our backgrounder on the situation of U.S. Iraq War Resisters in nada.

      Urge the Liberal Government to
      Let U.S. War Resisters Stay

      Nov 26th 2015

      Let Them Stay Week 2015Following the federal election, there is hope that there n finally be a positive and speedy resolution to the ses of U.S. Iraq War resisters. Your help is needed to make sure they are allowed to stay in nada.

      HOW YOU N HELP:

      Background: nadians voted for change and expect the new government to do the right thing and let the war resisters stay. It was the strong response of nadians that has kept most U.S. war resisters in nada – and out of U.S. military prison – for the past ten years.

      U.S. Iraq War resisters have lived through a dede of unfair politil interference in their ses by the previous Conservative government. Some were deported by the Harper government, and received harsh jail sentences in the U.S. for opposing the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq.

      The new government should immediately heed the will of the majority of nadians and stop any and all actions against U.S. war resisters, including halting the litigation against U.S. war resisters, as this litigation defends policies and decisions made by the previous Conservative government.

      LET THEM STAY WEEK, Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

      During “Let Them Stay Week”, let federal Minister of Immigration John Mcllum know that you support a provision to allow U.S. war resisters to stay in nada, and that you want the current legal proceedings against them to cease.

      Sunday November 29 – Profile Picture Day: Change your profile picture in support of U.S. Iraq War resisters, for the duration of Let Them Stay Week.

      Monday November 30 – Contact the Minister Day: Watch and share this video and then phone or email Minister John Mcllum to urge him to LET U.S. WAR RESISTERS STAY in nada.

      You n send an email here, or contact him at:

      Telephone: 613-954-1064
      E-Mail: minister@cic.gc.
      Fax: 613-996-1289

      Tuesday December 1 – Write a letter to the editor of your lol paper.

      Wednesday December 2 – Mail In Letters Day: Write a letter to the Minister of Immigration and mail it (postage required) to:

      The Honourable John Mcllum, P.C., M.P.
      Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
      365 Laurier Avenue West
      Ottawa, Ontario
      K1A 1L1

      Thursday December 3 – Ten years’ worth of #TBT (Throwback Thursday) to share on social media! : Follow us on Facebook and share, post, disseminate information on Iraq war resisters in your networks.

      Friday December 4 – Community Outreach Day: ll your lol MP’s office to express your concern; circulate the U.S. war resister petition; post a window-sign at your home, workplace, community or faith organization.

      Saturday December 5 – Help fund the mpaign to keep U.S. war resisters in nada: make a donation to the War Resisters Support mpaign – you n donate online here or send a cheque or money order to: War Resisters Support mpaign, 427 Bloor St. West, Box 3, Toronto, ON NADA M5S 1X7

      After the Election – how you n help U.S. Iraq War Resisters

      Oct 26th 2015

      Following the federal election, which put an end to the Conservative government, there is hope that there n finally be a positive and speedy resolution to the ses of U.S. Iraq War resisters. The war resisters have lived with unfair politil interference in their ses for almost 10 years. Now is the time to let the new government know that nadians expect them to do the right thing and let them stay!

      How you n help

      1) Write a Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

      The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
      Prime Minister of nada
      Office of the Prime Minister
      Langevin Block
      80 Wellington Street
      Ottawa, Ontario
      K1A 0A2

      2) ll, e-mail and write to your Member of Parliament:
      To send a letter: address it to your MP, and send to House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

      To find out your MP’s email and phone number, you n email info@parl.gc.
      or ll toll-free (nada): 1 (866) 599-4999.

      MP contact details will be up shortly at www.parl.gc., under ‘Members of Parliament’.

      Key points to mention:
      ? Resolve this issue swiftly as part of the change promised by the new government
      ? It is time to fix this issue – end over 10 years of unfair and unjust legal and politil actions by the Harper government
      ? Stop the deportations
      ? Stop pursuing war resister ses in court, as doing so defends decisions and policies made by the former Conservative government
      ? Rescind Operational Bulletin 202
      ? Implement a new Operational Bulletin that restores fairness for all war resister ses and reverses the harm done

      3) Donate to the War Resisters Support mpaign:
      https://www.gofundme.com/letthemstay

      4) Please join and follow us – and share us on Social Media:
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/WarResisters
      Twitter: www.twitter.com/warresisters
      Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/WarResistersnada

      Film night fundraiser, Monday August 17th

      Aug 14th 2015

      Please join us for this summer screening of two important documentaries about U.S. war resisters who sought asylum in nada:

      ? Deserter (2007 – 30 min) follows the journey of US Iraq War resister Ryan Johnson and his spouse Jenna as they make their way across the U.S. to seek asylum in nada.deserter-wt

      ? The Path of Glory (2014 – 50 min) – a documentary featuring U.S. war resisters Kimberly Rivera and Jeremy Brockway.

      There will also be a brief update on the federal election and the mpaign to let U.S. war resisters stay.

      Suggested donation $5-10 or pay what you n

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